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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning Must Reads for Friday, October 7, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 281st day of the year. There are 85 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for Sunday's second presidential debate. Evan McMullin is set to name his running mate. Hurricane Matthew could disrupt the 2016 election in Florida.

The clock:

  • Two days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • Three days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
  • Five days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • Ten days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • 12 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • 12 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 32 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 108 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 153 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Bob Bernick argues that a group of wealthy Utahns should step up and put forward citizen initiatives on many issues that Utah lawmakers refuse to address [Utah Policy]. 

  2. What happened this week in Utah politics? Watch our video week-in-review [Utah Policy].

  3. The second presidential debate is Sunday. The town hall format could be a minefield for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump [CBS News]. Here's what Trump needs to do to win [The Hill].

  4. Donald Trump urges terminally ill voters to hang on until after the election is over so they can vote for him [Washington Times].

  5. Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is set to name businesswoman Mindy Finn as his running mate [Politico].

  6. Hurricane Matthew could cause significant problems for the 2016 election [Bloomberg].

  7. 30 former GOP lawmakers sign a letter saying Donald Trump "makes a mockery" of conservative principles and lacks the "intelligence" to be president [Vanity Fair].

  8. A way, way-too-early poll shows Mike Pence leading the possible 2020 Republican presidential field [Politico].

  9. Salt Lake County Council candidate Catherine Kanter accuses Republican incumbent Richard Snelgrove is ducking debates [Deseret NewsTribune].

  10. A lawsuit claims officials with the Mountain Accord violated open meetings law [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 - The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.
  • 1949 - Less than five months after Britain, the United States, and France established the Federal Republic of Germany in West Germany, the Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany) was proclaimed within the Soviet occupation zone.
  • 1963 - President John F. Kennedy signed the documents of ratification for a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union.
  • 1996 - Fox News Channel made its debut.
  • 2001 - The United States and Britain launched air strikes against Taliban positions and Osama bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan; bin Laden praised God for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a videotaped statement aired on the Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Citizen Initiatives Can Bring Much Needed Change

Utah as a state is doing pretty well these days....

Liquor, Term Limits and Medical Marijuana - Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #301

A spate of new polls show Utahns want to privatize liquor, legalize medical marijuana and enact term limits. What's the likelihood that will happen?...

Weekly Survey: Utah Legislative Elections

Right now, Republicans outnumber Democrats 23-5 in the Utah Senate and 63-12 in the Utah House. Will either party be able to pick up seats after the 2016 election? Vote now....

2016 Voter Information Now Available

The Utah Elections Office will send 950,000 election postcards to Utah households this week inviting voters to visit to view the 2016 Voter Information Pamphlet....

Mayor Ben McAdams, Dave Robinson to Discuss Issues in Public Forum

The two major-party candidates for Salt Lake County mayor will answer questions and lay out their vision for Utah’s future during a pre-election town hall....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #301

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the week: Limber Pine Nature Trail in Logan Canyon -- Tribune: Utah's waterfowl slam paying dividends -- Tribune: Now's time to learn how to skate, curl or play hockey Weekend EventsNew Films-- The Birth of a Nation: Tribune review -- Th...

Pilot Program Pays to Leave Water in Colorado River
The Utah Division of Water Resources, in partnership with the Upper Colorado River Commission, is continuing a demand management pilot program that is intended to study the effectiveness of water conservation measures on Lake Powell elevations....

Salt Lake City Attorney Margaret Plane appointed to American Bar Association's Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Salt Lake City Attorney Margaret Plane has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), where she will work with fellow commissioners to secure equal treatment for all, regardless of sexual orientation or...

Utah Treasurer David Damschen Announces Nearly $3 Million in Lost Property Awaits Reclaim from Over 8,000 Duchesne & Uintah County Tied Residents
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced that the State of Utah's Unclaimed Property Division currently safeguards nearly $3 million in lost or abandoned property from residents and businesses with last known addresses in Duchesne and Uintah counties....

Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative Funds Record Number of 2017 Projects
Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, coordinated by the Utah Department of Natural Resources, recently announced $34 million in funding for a record 208 wildland restoration and rehabilitation projects statewide, which will improve over 280,000 acres of land....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Operation Diversion is more than just arrests

At $1.7B, Gail Miller lone Utahn in Forbes 400

Obama issues commutation to Utah man convicted of possessing meth

Many homeless campers say Operation Diversion is heavy handed, tramples civil rights

Former Kane County treasurer allegedly stole more than $33,000 in county funds

Kanter decries lack of debates with Snelgrove

Education center named for late school board member opens in Salt Lake County

Do Utahns long for 2012 choices? Romney, Huntsman still wildly popular, poll shows

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why is Salt Lake's homeless population booming?

Greg Bell: The great job shift: High school alone won't get you a good job

Dan Liljenquist: Donald Trump's October surprise

Jay Evensen: Why time capsule contents are so boring

Op-ed: Snowbird report to the community

Op-ed: SLCO jail issues impact citizens and police

Editorial: Both campaigns miss the need for fundamental tax reform

Utah air quality, energy event draws diverse crowd

Utahns strongly favor term limits for elected officials, poll shows

Federal judge rejects approval of basin energy project

Pay to save: Commission offers $1.8 million to leave Colorado River untouched

Judge rejects bid to revise reasons for dropping Shurtleff charges

Obama commutes sentences for 2 convicted of Utah drug crimes

Lambing bighorns, radiation and rocky terrain part of mine closure project

S.L. County Council hopeful accuses opponent of refusing debates

Lawsuit claims Mountain Accord doesn't comply with state's open meetings law

Special Report: Utah's 'Mighty Five' put the squeeze on Moab, Springdale


County Budget: Public Works asks for $2.5M in additional funding for roads and parks (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Obama administration becomes target of Russian ridicule (Politico)

Ryan cozies up to Trump (Politico)

Five things Trump needs to do to win Sunday's debate (The Hill)

Two boxes of Clinton emails unaccounted for (The Hill)

Barely half of illegal border crossers caught (Associated Press)

Obama quietly delays thousands of deportation cases (New York Times)

How Paul Ryan Will Rule in a Trump Presidency (Slate)

Minnesota Mall Attack Video Released as Investigators Say Suspect Was Likely 'Radicalized' (NBC News)

NSA case highlights growing concerns over insider threats (Washington Post)

Clinton Foundation warns donors about targeted phishing attempts (Reuters)

Senators Call for Criminal Investigation of Wells Fargo (Bloomberg)

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